Learn about Journalism
Summer 2022 Residential Program* Dates: Friday, July 29 - Monday, Aug 8, 2022
*Please note that PSJP participants have summer pre-work in the weeks leading up to the residential experience to prepare their news stories and ready their college applications.
The Princeton Summer Journalism Program traditionally hosts a 10-day residential journalism institute in August on the campus of Princeton University. Participants visit Princeton from their hometown or state and stay in University undergraduate dorms, attending workshops and lectures and learning skills to produce their own newspaper. During the residential program, students also have the opportunity to tour major news organizations, such as The New York Times, Huffington Post and Bloomberg; cover a professional sports event; cover news events in the Princeton area; film and produce a short documentary; attend a film or theatre production; conduct an investigative project; author a group blog; and report, write, edit and design their own newspaper, The Princeton Summer Journal, which is published on the program's last day. In the weeks prior to visiting campus, students complete weekly reading assignments to stay abreast of current events, begin preparing their stories, and work with their assigned college counselor to complete components of their college applications.
In response to the pandemic, PSJP shifted to running an entirely virtual program for the summers of 2020 and 2021, which ran seven and five weeks, respectively. For the first few weeks, students attended one lecture and two workshops each week taught via Zoom by program alumni and journalists from The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, The Daily Beast, Politico, Sports Illustrated and CNN, among other media outlets. They also attended weekly discussion groups to further their understanding of core topics and learn about the journey through college and into the field from our counselors. During the last week of the program, the week we would normally have spent on campus, students expanded their knowledge to include critical applications of journalism theory in the field and participated in college preparation workshops. As always, students engaged with weekly readings on current events and reported on different assigned topics throughout the course of the program, beginning in June, to publish the Princeton Summer Journal. Please review the 2021 Program Schedule for details on last summer's virtual program.
As of today, the Princeton Summer Journalism Program is planning to host the residential program on-campus at Princeton University for the summer of 2022. All participants must be vaccinated, per University policy. No exceptions. We will continue to update applicants if plans change.
In addition to introducing students to the multifaceted world of journalism, PSJP is designed to immerse students in a residential experience at one of the best colleges in the country. Although students do not live on campus in underclassmen residence halls during the virtual program, they have the opportunity to attend sessions with renowned Princeton professors, as well as the president and representatives of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to experience Princeton’s approach to the liberal arts. During the last week of the program, students attend seminars on every aspect of the college admissions process, including writing personal narratives, choosing the best fit college, and understanding how applications are evaluated, and meet with colleges admissions representatives.
All costs to attend the physical summer program, including air or ground transportation to and from campus, housing, meals, and equipment for assignments, are covered by the program. PSJP does not provide technology during the virtual program but will work with students to address barriers to participating to the best of our ability.